Get the most out of PyCon – VOLUNTEER

PyCon Atlanta is now less than 2 weeks away, and things are coming together. My big concern, the poster session, is pretty much set to go. Transportation, check. Hotel, check. Conference registration, time off from work, talks I want to catch, tentative open space plans: check, check, check, and check.

Yesterday I added the final piece. Volunteer to be a session runner, check.

As everyone knows, PyCon is a community run conference, and most of us like it that way. That means that the cost is lower,  the speakers and events are what we want and it’s one of the best conferences around. But it also means volunteers. Volunteers to plan and organize it, volunteers to help with registration and setup, and volunteers to help run the sessions. This year PyCon will have 5 tracks and 95 talks and will need 40 session chairs and 40 session runners.

Session chairs are the ones who introduce speakers, keep things on time and moving. Session runners are the ones who make sure that the presenters’ equipment works and that they get to the right room on time. Between the two of them, PyCon’s session staff do more to make sure that a presentation is a success than any other conference I’ve spoken at.

But there’s more. The session chairs and session runners are volunteers. And there aren’t enough of them right now. Hmmm.

So here’s my invitation – sign up to be a session chair or session runner and help PyCon continue to be one of the best conferences around. Trust me, you’ll feel better. And you’ll get to stride authoritatively through the halls of PyCon with a cool 2-way radio. Awesome.


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